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LinkedIn again; so now what?

By CharlieSpencer ·
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Some of you may have seen this Discussion:
http://www.techrepublic.com/blog/career/your-twitter-account-a-recruiters-perspective/3667

and its 'Take Offline' spawn:
http://www.techrepublic.com/forum/discussions/103-351913

So, I'm taking a second look at LinkedIn. My primary goal is to gain a better understanding of how to use social networking tools in general. I'm not job hunting or looking to reconnect with former classmates.

I've created an account, filled out my job and education histories, pasted my profile from TR, added half a dozen current and former colleagues from my workplace, and applied to a few groups. Now what?

Does this require active management? I now recall why I didn't find any value to LinkedIn on my first attempt: I don't know what to do with it.

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The goggles, they do nothing...

by AnsuGisalas In reply to LinkedIn again; so now wh ...

You know, if a person is content, LinkedIn might not serve any purpose at all.
I have vaguely considered checking how it is that President Obama is a 3rd connection to me, but really, what would be the point?

If you're not interested in changing workplaces, or in flaunting your hawtness in the face of former nemesises, there might not be a point.

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As I said,

by CharlieSpencer In reply to The goggles, they do noth ...

"My primary goal is to gain a better understanding of how to use social networking tools in general."

If you think I've chosen the wrong tool, feel free to recommend something else.

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No, I think it's pretty good for that...

by AnsuGisalas In reply to As I said,

Of course, Google Plus might be quicker to get off the ground, because it doesn't have a purpose in addition to "teh social".
LinkedIn has that whole career management thing going on, which affects how it works.

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Outside of search, I'm wary of Google.

by CharlieSpencer In reply to No, I think it's pretty g ...

I've just read too much about their user security to feel comfortable. (Not as uncomfortable as the notion of Facebook makes me, mind you.) I don't have an existing Google Mail account, something I understand is required for Google Plus. I don't have an existing social network, so I don't know how I'd find people to connect to on Google Plus. LinkedIn at least has the search based on common employer histories, making easy to find people I already know.

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True...

by AnsuGisalas In reply to Outside of search, I'm wa ...

but you can make a gmail account just for the G+ thing, keep it separate so as to not bleed too much data. In google plus you can search for people by name, and then trawl their connections for people you know.
At least the learning curve is a lot less steep than with LinkedIn, since LinkedIn likes to keep the features secrets, so that users have to "play" a lot to be able to do "snazzy things".
The thing is, if the connections you have added to LinkedIn are just keeping the network for future eventuality, not posting a lot of stuff... then you won't see if you can learn to enjoy the whole "social", or if it's something you can leave behind without regrets.

LinkedIn is slow-paced, so it can take a long time to get enough exposure to make up your mind.

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I'm used to this place

by CharlieSpencer In reply to True...

Where the activity is often fast-paced, even since the New World Order was imposed back in January.

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Then LinkedIn might not be a good training/exploration tool...

by AnsuGisalas In reply to I'm used to this place

Of course, it might be useful - and in being useful, can tell you what you can use that kind of stuff for, but it's likely to just sit there, not doing much. Depends on the liveliness of the groups you join, of course. Discussions aren't nested at all though, so if one has a lot to say about something, one can get to feel like a spammer pretty quick.

Well, anyway, let me know how it goes... I'm trying to learn this "social stuff" too.

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Couple of thoughts

by JamesRL In reply to LinkedIn again; so now wh ...

The idea behind networking is to establish a network before you need it. When you network after you are laid off, it is harder to establish connections.

There are groups within LinkedIn, that may pertain to your job, that you might find some value in.

As well through LinkedIn you can find people in similar positions to yours, who might be friends of friends, get introduced, share ideas etc.

I have made many new contacts through it, and it has helped me in my job, but that is the kind of role I am in.

BTW you haven't added me yet, I thought we were friends :)

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"BTW you haven't added me yet,"

by CharlieSpencer In reply to Couple of thoughts

Patience, good sir. There are plenty of TR members I'm trying to find. It would probably help if:

1) Whoever manages the TR group would accept me.
2) I knew more of the real names that correspond to TR member aliases.

"As well through LinkedIn you can find people in similar positions to yours, who might be friends of friends, get introduced, share ideas etc."

Those are among the things I'm trying to figure out how to do. As to friends of friends, I don't understand how to effectively or efficiently filter through "220 New people in your Network since December 8". I don't know how this number is derived.

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There's a TR group? :0

by AnsuGisalas In reply to "BTW you haven't added me ...

I dinnae know that!

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